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Fund Raising

Monday, January 31, 2011

It occured to me that fund raising is yet another form of begging. I looked it up on Wikipedia and found this rather dry definition:

Fundraising or fund raising is the process of soliciting and gathering contributions as money or other resources, by requesting donations from individuals, businesses, charitable foundations, or governmental agencies. Although fundraising typically refers to efforts to gather money for non-profit organizations, it is sometimes used to refer to the identification and solicitation of investors or other sources of capital for for-profit enterprises.
Ok... yes, it applies generally to non-profit organizations and enterprises. And those organizations and enterprises are usually in the business of helping people right? So why not cut out the middle man and go straight to fundraising for ourselves? And isn't that what we are trying to do here at the project? Raise our funds?

With that in mind, here's a link to a bunch of free do-it-yourself fundraising ideas at Fundraising Ideas.Org. Here's what they have to say about the list:

Our do-it-yourself fundraising ideas come in a variety of sizes and shapes. Some contain detailed instructions while others are just brief summaries of past fundraising activities of other organizations. Hopefully you can adapt some of them to have fun and raise funds for your group. We often include similar information from multiple sources to reflect possible variations. You will definitely find some repeats but ... just maybe ... that's because they have proven to be successful!
So, having begged the "Master of the Universe" or your guardian Angels, or God, or Allah, or whoever it is that you've been petitioning, why not put forth some action, maybe you could actually get out there and "do" something. What do you think, guys? Anything useful here?

And for those of you following our first project on prayer, here's that link: Talking To God. It's a nice little post and well worth the read.

2 comments:

Gregg said...

I've used these fundraising ideas for quite some time now and I've been very successful. It's just a matter of choosing the ones that are perfect for you. But I've found out that as long as it involves food, there's a good chance that it's going to work.

Gregg said...

Oh, and to add, the donate a car strategy is also very effective.

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